Turkey’s courts have blocked access to Twitter a little over a week before elections as prime minister Tayyip Erdogan battles a corruption scandal that has seen social media awash with alleged evidence of government wrongdoing. Photograph: Reuters

Turkey’s abrupt ban on Twitter stirred concerns last night that the country may pull the plug on other social media and Internet services as it(...)

A twenty-five bitcoin. Reports in the US media last week suggested that Dorian S. Nakamoto, a 64-year-old physicist, was the digital currency’s creator. 
Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Bitcoin enthusiasts donated about $28,000 to Dorian S. Nakamoto, a 64-year-old physicist who denied a report last week by Newsweek magazine tha(...)

A hand out still image made available yesterday by  Channel 4 and which  was taken from a two-minute video broadcast on Christmas Day showing   Edward Snowden on the channel’s alternative Christmas message. Photograph: EPA

A federal judge has ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans’ phone calls is lawful, calling it a (...)

The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland. The agency has secretly circumvented or cracked much of the digital scrambling that protects global commerce, e-mails, phone calls, medical records and web searches, according to newly disclosed documents. Photograph: Government handout via The New York Times

The National Security Agency routinely violated court-ordered privacy protections between 2006 and 2009 by examining phone numbers without sufficient (...)

Supporters gather at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty

The revelations over the past week about the scale of NSA surveillance of global digital communications is likely to be seen as a pivotal moment in th(...)

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